Gunmen have attacked Dantasakko community in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State and killed the Deputy Imam of the town’s Central Mosque, Malam Isa Labaran.
The sole administrator of the local government, Alhaji Jelani Danbuga, confirmed the incident.
He said the gunmen, who rode on motorcycles, stormed the village in the late hours of Wednesday with dangerous weapons and forced the villagers to flee to nearby river for safety.
Danbuga also said a Nigerian soldier, who was reported missing during an encounter with bandits last Monday in Sabon Birni Local Government Area, had been found.
The sole administrator said the soldier was found to be psychologically traumatised but physically healthy.
Danbuga said he could not give the actual number of those killed.
He, however, said that following the recent attack, a team of armed soldiers had been drafted to the area to provide security.
The sole administrator added that the bandits, who were said to be part of the earlier negotiations, stormed the village in hundreds and went straight to the deputy Imam’s house, said to be the commandant of the vigilantes in the community, and shot him dead.
He said the state government had secured from the 8 Division of the Nigerian Army, Sokoto, the deployment of 100 armed soldiers with motorcycles and personnel carriers to the area.
Danbuga said since the signing of peace agreement in Zamfara and Katsina states with the bandits, villages in the eastern part of Sabon Birni Local Government Area had not known peace owing to incessant attacks.
The sole administrator said the only solution to remedy the situation was the construction of a road from Gurbin Baure in Zamfara State to Sabon Birni with an established permanent Army base in the area.
According to him, the bandits are not ready for peace with the Sokoto State government, considering their constant attacks.
He said the bandits used the area to lunch attacks and escape through the thick forest in Zamfara and Katsina states.
Danbuga said, the bandits have been operating without hindrance in all villages in eastern Sabon Birni Local Government for a long time.
He, however, said that with the recent deployment of armed soldiers, farmers were able to harvest their crops.
He called on the Federal Government to immediately construct a road that will link the area with Zamfara State to provide access for military and police vehicles in the event of attack.
He said the area was densely forested and could only be assessed by motorcycles which gave the bandits room to operate as such the soldiers should also be supplied with motorcycles.
White House guard dog honored with UK award for protecting Obama family
A Secret Service dog who protected President Barack Obama and his family from a White House intruder flew to the United Kingdom with his trainer to receive a medal for devotion to duty.
Hurricane is the first international dog to receive the Order of Merit from the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals. It’s an award the British veterinary charity calls the “animal equivalent of the Royal Order of the British Empire (OBE).”
Hurricane, a black Belgian Malinois, is a Special Operations Canine, part of the USSS Emergency Response Team. During the night of October 22, 2014, an intruder scaled the north lawn fence at the White House. Hurricane leaped at the intruder, past the last guard who had the intruder at gunpoint, and took him off his feet, eventually pushing him back to the perimeter fence.
Former Secret Service Special Operations canine handler Marshall Mirarchi flew to the U.K. with Hurricane to receive the award. The two worked together between 2012 and 2016 and have been together since Hurricane’s retirement.
“It was very hard to watch,” said Miraichi in a videoposted by the charity. “I’ve never had to see my dog get hit like that, slammed like that, kicked, punched. He was cut up pretty good from the fight. I knew it was bad. Hurricane went in and did that so we didn’t have to.”
Hurricane is the 31st animal to receive the award and the first one from outside of the U.K.; in the past, the award has gone to 19 dogs and 12 horses.
Past winners include Metropolitan Police Dogs, who worked after the 2017 terrorist attacks on London, and the Metropolitan Police Horses who help keep the capital safe and escort the queen, according to a statement that PDSA sent to ABC News.
The Order of Merit “recognises animals who display outstanding devotion above and beyond normal companionship, and animal acts that symbolise their special relationship with humans,” the organisation said.
The awards program was started in 1943 by the charity’s founder Maria Dickin. She believed that recognising animals’ heroic actions and role in society would raise their status and ensure they were better treated.
This is the second time a U.S. service dog has won a British award. Lucca, a German shepherd, received the PDSA Dickin Medal in 2016 after completing 400 missions in six years of active service with allied troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. He lost a a leg on the battlefield.
“Hurricane receiving the PDSA order of merit is absolutely and incredible honor,” said Mirarchi in the video. “He stopped someone getting in the front door of the White House where the president and his family were right there.”
“If I ever had to choose between me or him, I would choose him. And that an easy choice to make because he would choose me — he did choose me,” he said.
Nigerians celebrate female DPO for rescuing robbery victim
ome Nigerians have taken to social media to celebrate the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Ogudu Police Station, Lagos, Celestina Nwankwo, for rescuing a victim, Ajabor Friday.
Friday was shot and left for dead by armed robbers at Agudu area of Lagos State.
Nwankwo, described by a growing fan base as an angel and super cop, did not only take the bleeding man to hospital, but made the initial deposit before the hospital accepted to commence treatment.
A source said since the admission of the guy in the hospital, the DPO has spent over N400,000 on his medical bill. She raised the money through loans.
The story, which was shared on Chris Kehinde Nwandu’s Facebook wall, has been shared several times by other people.
He wrote: “On September 19, a young man named Ajabor Friday was shot by armed robbers and left for dead at Ogudu. As usual, hospitals refused to take him in until Officer Celestina intervened and had to threaten fire and brimstone before the young man was taken into a hospital. Of course they said the usual, ‘we cannot treat him without payment.’ Officer Celestina has spent over N400,000 that she did not have, she even had to borrow, to see young Friday through a major operation and he is now out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and stabilised.”
When Nwankwo was asked why she took the responsibility of saving a dying stranger, she responded: “When the young man looked up at me while bleeding, he held my hand, and said, ‘Mama don’t leave me! I do not want to die.’ I knew there was no way I could leave him and know peace. I had to try my best.”
Social media has been buzzing over Nwankwo’s humanitarian gesture.
A Facebook user, Yomi George Semako, said: “God will perfect all that concerns Mrs Celestina’s life. She will not be a victim of any evil, including her husband, children and family. She deserves promotion.”
Yemi Shodimu said: “I have met and interacted officially with Celestina Nwakwo, and I can boldly say she is a pride to the Nigeria Police. Her passion for the job is infectious. She has rekindled my hope and respect for the men and women in uniform.”
Oloyede Oworu noted: “A worthy officer! There are a lot of good people in the police force. It’s the bad guys that are messing the place up.”
Maximillian Okafor opined: “This officer seriously needs to be celebrated and motivated. By so doing, the police will have a good image and reputation for the institution and revive the trust in the police and encourage young officers. God bless you Ma.”
Stephena Ifeoma Nkachukwu said: “I get very misty-eyed and sometimes actually weep whenever I behold such humane acts as this. And I wonder: Do angels still live on earth? Heaven’s still got some wingless angels on planet earth!”
Femi Akintunde-Johnson said: “What’s been done to reimburse her, and challenge the callousness of the hospital management? Every life ought to matter greatly. Thank you Celestina.”
Igwe Hosea Chibueze said: “Please say it louder. SP Celestina Nwankwo is a super cop, with a rare sense of humanity. I visited her station on Sunday evening, she works round the clock. I was touched hearing what she did for a stranger she met on the way. People of this sort deserve our commendation.”
One dies, others injured in auto crashes
middle-aged man has lost his life in an accident involving a Pathfinder ‘Jeep’ at the 7-Up area of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, leaving three other occupants severely injured.
This was even as a truck with registration number DRT 5B0 17, belonging to Dangote and another truck with registration ABJ 212 XE, and a white Ford Ranger with no registration number were involved in a multiple collision that left two people seriously injured yesterday morning.
The General Manager (GM), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, said preliminary investigations conducted by the Response Team of the agency which arrived the incident scene at 7-Up area in a record time of “under five minutes” and information gathered from witnesses revealed that the lone accident was due to loss of control while the vehicle was on top speed.
Also, a witness said the Pathfinder arrived the intersection of the 7-up bus stop/inward Ojota, under the Motorways Footbridge on top speed where the driver lost control, as the vehicle plunged into a ditch under the pedestrian bridge and tumbled.
“In the unfortunate incident that left the driver, an adult male, dead, the LASEMA Response Team were able to rescue the other two adult males that sustained various degrees of serious injuries as they were attended to ‘within the Golden Hour’ before being handed over to LASAMBUS that moved them to the Trauma Centre for further treatment,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.
However, the body of the yet-to-be-identified accident victim was bagged by the LASEMA Response Team and handed over to officers of the Nigeria Police from Ketu Police Station for further and conclusive investigations, just as the vehicle was also recovered off the road to ensure continued free flow of vehicular movement.
Speaking on the Lekki/Epe Expressway crash, Oke-Osayintolu said on-the-scene investigations conducted by the LASEMA Response Team revealed that the Dangote truck while on top speed lost control, veered off the road and rammed into a stationary truck, which upon impact subsequently collided with a parked Ford Ranger car about 6.28a.m.
He said: “Though there was no loss of life, two adult males sustained various degrees of serious injury which were tended at the scene of the accident by LASEMA’s paramedics before they were transported to the nearest General Hospital by the agency in its ambulance.
“The LASEMA Response Team also ensured that the affected vehicles were recovered off the road to sustain smooth vehicular movement and ensure public safety by not allowing the accidented vehicles pose further threat of secondary incidents to motorists along that axis.”
Two ‘ritualists’ arrested with human skull
olice have arrested two men, Emmanuel Aro and Anu Olofinju, for allegedly stealing a human skull at a cemetery in Ogun State.
The suspects, both aged 25, were nabbed on Ijoun Road, Eggua in Yewa North Local Government Area.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident in a statement, disclosed that the skull was that of a woman.
Oyeyemi added that the suspects admitted that they intended to use the skull for money making ritual.
The PPRO said the arrest followed a complaint lodged at Eggua Police Station by a man, Amoo Bankole, who reported that the two suspects were sighted at the cemetery where his mother was buried a few months ago, digging the grave of his mother.
He said: “Upon his report, the DPO, Eggua Division, SP Kehinde Oyekangun, quickly mobilised his men and moved to the scene but met the two men along the road.
“They were promptly accosted and on searching the bag they carried, the skull of a woman was discovered there in. The complainant identified the skull to be that of his mother.
“On interrogation, the two suspects confessed to the commission of the crime, they admitted that they intended to use the skull for money making ritual.”
Oyeyemi, however, said the Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, had ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for further investigation and prosecution.
House fire claims five-year-old boy in Lagos
five-year-old boy, Praise Emeka, has been burnt to death in his parents’ apartment at Igando area of Lagos State.
The incident occurred at Ben Okonkwo Street, Igando, on October 4, about 9p.m.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed the incident.
Elkana explained that immediately policemen from Igando Police Station received the distress call, they swiftly moved to the scene.
He said: “Our policemen were able to salvage the situation with the support from the state Fire Service. Unfortunately, the little boy was burnt beyond recognition. Some other occupants of the building were rescued. The fire was prevented from escalating to other buildings in the neighbourhood. Investigation is ongoing to ascertain the cause of the incident.”
The PPRO also disclosed that the command arrested two suspected armed robbers, operating in Army Uniform at Second Rainbow Bus Stop, Festac Town area of the metropolis.
Elkana identified the suspect as Chizoba Okeke (30). He was arrested on October 6, about 10.30p.m.
It was learnt that immediately operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) from Festac Police Station received a distress call from a filling station, that a robber was sighted in the area; the police swiftly moved to the scene and arrested the suspect.
“Two phones, one sword, house-breaking implements, two daggers, a Point of Sale (POS) machine and Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card were recovered from the suspect.
“It is not yet established whether the suspect belongs to the gang of dismissed soldiers arrested some weeks ago. Investigation is ongoing to ascertain where and how the suspect got the military uniform,” Elkana said.
I was infatuated with 13-year-old girl –Rapist
olice have arrested a 25-year-old man, Abdullahi Umar, for allegedly defiling a 13-year-old girl at Angwan Tukura in Kontagora Local Government Area of Niger State.
Umar, who defiled the victim after she returned from buying him a sachet of water, explained that he did it because he was infatuated with the teenage girl.
The suspect allegedly dragged the girl into an Islamic Primary School premises located at Angwan Yamma and had carnal knowledge of her.
Umar said he had been nursing the idea of defiling the victim for a long time. According to him, the opportunity only presented itself on September 29, 2019.
He said: “I was completely infatuated with her. I didn’t have any other option than to have sex with her. It is true; I forcibly had sex with her because that was the only opportunity I had. I didn’t want to miss it. I dragged her to the Islamic Primary School very close to my house and had my way with her.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Muhammad Abubakar, said the suspect had confessed to the crime.
Abubakar said that the suspect was arrested by a team of policemen attached to B Division, Kontagora.
The PPRO added that the suspect would soon be arraigned.
Lightning kills German returnee inside hotel room
ightning at the weekend reportedly killed a man, Kelechi Nwigbo, from Akahufu Ekpaomaka in Ikwo Local Government of Ebonyi State in his hotel room.
The incident occurred at Mark Doris Hotel at Eke Market, Afikpo in Afipko North Local Government Area.
Nwigbo, who was based in Germany, had checked into the hotel with an instruction that nobody should disturb him, but after four days, the hotel management started perceiving offensive odour from his room and immediately alerted police in Afikpo.
When police broke into the room, the man was seen carrying calabash with some money inside and with white cloth material on his head and waist.
Workers in the hotel told our correspondent that the hotel management heard the thunder strike from his window but because the guest had instructed that nobody should come to his room unless he called the hotel attention, they didn’t border going to check on him.
It was learnt that the last time he came to Nigeria was in 2017 and that the family was not aware of his presence in the country let alone being in Afikpo.
It was also learnt that when the family contacted his friends in Germany, they expressed shock that they were not aware of his journey to Nigeria let alone lodging in Afikpo instead of Abakaliki the capital of Ebonyi State.
Sources close to the deceased said the family had gone to a seer to find out the course of Nwigbo’s death.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Odah Loveth, confirmed the report and said police were working tirelessly to unravel the cause of the man’s death.
Odah said when the police divisional crime officer, Afikpo Division led his team to the hotel and broke into the room, the man was already decomposing.
The PPRO added that the man’s international passport was recovered in the room while his body was evacuated to the mortuary.
Odah appealed to the people of Afikpo, Ikwo and his family members to contact the police if they had any information about the cause of his death.
‘Thunder’ kills Germany returnee inside hotel room
A man, whose name was given as Kelechi Nwigbo from Akahufu Ekpaomaka
in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, was at the weekend was said to have been struck dead by thunder in his hotel room.
The incident occurred at Mark Doris Hotel in Eke Market Afikpo, Afipko North Local Government Area of the state.
Nwigbo, who based in Germany, had checked into the hotel with instructions that nobody should disturb him, but after four days, the hotel management started perceiving an offensive odour from his room and immediately alerted police in Afikpo.
When police officers broke into the room, the man was seen carrying a calabash
with some money inside and with white cloth material on his head and waist.
Workers in the hotel told our correspondent that the hotel management had heard the thunder strike from his window but because the guest had instructed that nobody should come to his room unless he called the hotel’s attention, they did not borther going to check on him.
It was learnt that the last time he returned to Nigeria was in 2017 and that the family was not aware of his presence in the country let alone being in Afikpo after 13 years.
Iron Gate: Imo reinforces security in Owerri metropolis
Barely a week after Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State gave the marching order to security agencies in the state, to rid the metropolis of criminal activities, the interagency security apparatus of the state, code-named “Operation Iron Gate”, has swung into action.
Speaking to newsmen in Owerri, Saturday, the Special Adviser to the governor on security, Ray Nkemdilim said the state government has deployed the Operation Iron Gate comprising over 150 security personnel to Douglas Road and its environs in efforts to put an end to the security menace in the area.
Nkemdilim, who spoke through Chief Azubuike Nwoke, Special Assistant to the Governor on security (Owerri Zone), said that the ‘show of force’ was to restore people’s confidence in the security system in the state and to reassure them of the adequate protection of their lives and properties in the state.
He said: “Today, we have activated the Operation Iron Gate to curb the recent incessant security menace in Owerri. In this operation, we have over 150 security personnel spread all over Douglas, Tetlow and Mbaise roads and across Owerri Municipality. We are confident that with this show of force, normalcy will be returned in Owerri.
“You are aware that in very recent time, our team have recorded huge success by arresting some hoodlums that have been terrorizing the state. And even today, we succeded in nabbing two armed robbers.”
Man rapes 13-year-old girl in Niger
A 25-year-old man, Abdullahi Umar, has been arrested by the Niger State Police Command for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl in Angwan Tukura area in the Kontagora Local Government Area of the state.
Findings have it that the suspect sent the victim on an errand to buy him satchet water. And when she returned, he took advantage and dragged her to a school (Islamic primary school) located at Angwan Yamma and had carnal knowledge of her.
After investigations, our Correspondent learnt that Umar had been nursing the idea of defiling his victim for long until his wicked plans materialised on September, 29 this year.
The suspect, who is said to be one of the hoodlums terrorising the area, said: “I was completely infatuated with her and I didn’t have any other option that to have sex with her.
“It’s true, I had sex with her forcefully because that was the only opportunity I had and didn’t want to miss it at that point in time. I dragged her to one Islamic primary school very close to my house to have my way.”
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, said the suspect confessed to the crime during interrogation.
Abubakar said the suspect was apprehended by a team of policemen attached to B Division Kontagora, following a tip-off, adding that he would soon be arraigned in court.
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